About NMD Studio

NMD Studio started on a dream and a piece of paper. November 2019, I was no longer working for Balletworks, as it had closed. It was nearing Christmas and I would normally be preparing for our annual Balletworks Nutcracker celebration. I had been talking to dance parents and dancers, we were all very sad that our normal tradition was gone. As I was hanging ornaments… Eueka! I knew what to do! My childhood ballet dreams were coming through. I would put on my OWN Nutcracker! Not just for the annual tradition of it, but to get my dance family back together again and for us to do what we love doing best – Dance! After much thought and contemplation I decided I would not be able to pull off our usual Nutcracker. So I put a little spin on the traditional Nutcracker and created – One Last Journey – a New Year’s Eve Nutcracker! Our dance family all pulled together, it was such a special MONTH AND A HALF getting ready for the show (still can’t believe that)! There was so much love, support, determination, commitment, and sense of community, that I knew I needed to continue this. And that was how NMD Studios was born!

Nicole Deleon – Owner / Instructor

Miss Nicole was born and raised in Barnstable, Ma with her amazing parents and 5 sisters. She started dancing when she was three years old at the then Massachusetts State Ballet (Sabrina’s Balletworks). Due to a family death, Miss Nicole unfortunately stopped taking Ballet at age 7. Miss Nicole was excited to start back a few years later. Miss Nicole continued Ballet under the teaching of Miss Sabrina Vaz-Barros at Sabrina’s Balletworks, as well as many other profound teachers at their studio. After 12+ years of dancing with Balletworks, Miss Nicole graduated both Barnstable High School and Balletworks. After graduating, Miss Nicole began working for Miss Sabrina Vaz, helping her with secretarial duties, helping run daily studio life, all while attending Cape Cod Community College. After a year she began co-teaching with Miss Sabrina and taking teaching programs through Dance Teacher Life. Miss Nicole has been spreading her love for dance for 6 years now! She loves especially to work with the younger dancers as they bring so much joy to each class! She is currently working on attending more programs at Dance Teacher Life and other dance programs while running her studio. Miss Nicole is so excited to begin this new Dance journey!

Brittney Graham – Instructor

Brittney has been dancing since the age of five years old. After young years of basic training, she became a member of her former dance competition team located in Easton, Massachusetts. Along with competing all over the state, she had the opportunity to gain experience by attending and performing at several dance conventions, including Joe Tremaine in New York City, as well as performed on a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship. After 6 years of being on her dance company team in Massachusetts, she moved to Frisco, Texas, where she was trained by a professional principle ballerina and many other highly trained dancers. She also became a member of the studio’s dance competition team where she traveled to experience and perform in many dance conventions and competitions. Taking her passion for dance to the next level, she furthered her dance career by attending the Dance and Performing Arts program at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, where she received her degree in Dance and Business. While attending, she worked closely with dance professors; some even famous choreographers who worked with a variety of music artists. Additionally, she learned a deeper knowledge of the art of dance by taking classes such as Dance History, Rhythmic Analysis, Kinesiology, Dance Anatomy, and Pedagogy. Also, she had the opportunity to audition with the New England Patriot’s Cheerleaders where she gained experience and lessons from the boot camp she attended in the process. Brittney has a strong passion for dance as well as teaching dancers of all ages about the art, technique, and love of it all.

Lorissa Slagle – Instructor

Lorissa Slagle started her ballet training at three years old studying under Sabrina Vaz at Massachusetts State Ballet, later known as Balletworks. Growing up she performed in various ballet productions such as Dracula, Cinderella, Firebird, Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Nutcracker. As a high school senior, she performed the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In 2016, Lorissa moved to Kansas City to continue her ballet training studying under Liz Dimmel at Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre (DTBT) & School. She apprenticed with DTBTyou m w w , a professional neo-classical ballet company, for one year. Prior to that she studied under Robin Swick with Dramatic Truth Trainee Company. For two seasons Lorissa performed in DTBT’s adaptation of The Nutcracker, The Mystery of Christmas, performing the roles of a German Maiden, Angels, Arabian and Waltz of the Flowers, to name a few. Dance has taught Lorissa the value of hard work, discipline and perseverance. She believes dance is a universal language and through this art form it can offer both joy and healing. When she is not dancing, Lorissa enjoys working out, yoga, and spending time with family and friends. No matter where life takes her, it always brings Lorissa back to th m n w. W e ballet barre.

Francesca Ruini – Instructor

Miss Francesca was born in Italy and received her professional dance training with Donatella Sturam in Reggio Emilia, Italy and at the International Ballet School Ecole Superieure de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France, where she she studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary Dance and Mime, with international Masters of Ballet such as Daniel Frank of Paris Opera, Jose Ferran, Monica Saez, Rosella Hightower and Claude Winzer. Miss Francesca has 25 years of dance teaching experience in Europe and United States, where she taught thousands of students Ballet, Choreography, Pointe, Variations, Floor Barre, and Stretching. She is a certified Meditation Teacher, Holistic Practitioner, Interior Decorator and Author. She loves learning foreign languages, spending time in Nature by the ocean with her 11 year old ballerina daughter and creating healthy plant based recipes with her family. Miss Francesca believes Ballet, Music, Painting and Every Art Form to be a wonderful, universal expression of Beauty, Harmony and Inspiration.